Tips to Make Healthy Choices While Eating Out (NDPP#10)

Eating out can be a nice treat once in a while or a convenient option when you don’t have time to cook a meal. But the fat, calories, sugar and sodium can add up quickly if you eat out regularly. Use these tips to make healthy choices the next time you eat out.

Managing your portions when eating out

Keep it small. Portion sizes at fast-food counters and restaurants are usually bigger than what you would normally eat at home. Ask for half portions, share a large meal with a friend, or pack up part of your meal to take home.

Divide up dessert. If you’re still hungry, finish your meal with fruit or sip on a plain cappuccino sprinkled with cinnamon. If you love rich desserts, order one and ask for spoons to split with your friends!

Avoid super-sizing. Super-sized meal combinations might seem like a good deal, but they’re often high fat, calories, sugar and/or sodium.